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Cosplay Contests

From sassy struts to serious crafters, find a contest to suit your style. GalaxyCon features the Runway Costume Contest, the Heroes and Villains Late Night Contest, the Main Costume Competition, the Masquerade Competition, and the Kids Costume Contest. See markets to enter and for the schedule.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GALAXYCON RUNWAY COSTUME CONTEST

The GALAXYCON Runway Costume Contest will be “Runway” style. There will be no pre-judging. Contestants can enter in store bought or home made costumes.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:

* Best in Show: Custom Medal
* Best Individual: Custom Medal
* Best Individual – 2nd Place: Custom Medal
* Best Group: Custom Medal
* Best Group – 2nd Place: Custom Medal
* Best Junior / Youth: Custom Medal
* Judges’ Awards (3): Custom Medals

COMPETITION RULES

1. One entry per person. No separate entries from the same person.

2. There is a limit of 50 entries.

3. All costumes must come from an established cartoon, comic book, anime, video game, manga, novel, or movie.

4. All contestants must fill out the entry form.

5. All costumes must be PG-13 or less. No nudity or risque costumes.

6. No bad behavior. You know what that means. No trash talking, sabotage or poor sportsmanship. Improper behavior will get you removed from the competition and possibly the convention. Remember, we’re all here to have fun.

7. No harmful or potentially harmful materials will be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to water, cigarettes, flames, fireworks, silly string, and any other substance that can be fired, launched, or dripped.

What to expect at the contest:
When you first arrive at the show, there will be a COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE. This is where all questions regarding the competition can be answered, and where you will need to go to sign up and/or check in.

Who can enter?
All attendees who have an event badge or bracelet for GALAXYCON can enter this contest. Participants can enter as individuals or in groups (up to 10 per group).

How do I sign up for the contest?
There are two ways to register for the competition

(1) Register Online HERE. This is the most preferred method. You will receive an email confirmation with your contestant #. When you get to the show, you will need to sign in at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE, where you will be given further instructions.

(2) Register at the convention. Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH, located in the COSPLAY LOUNGE. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and further information. Everyone must be signed in and all forms must be handed in by 1:30pm on Friday.

Any costume contest that is a RUNWAY style contest, i.e. Kid’s Costume Contest, Runway Costume Contest, and Late Night Contest shall accept entries at the stage up until the start time of the contest. This MAY cause the contest to start 5 – 10 minutes late. Acceptance of last minute entries is not guaranteed and is conditional on space left in the contest. To have a better chance at being in the competition, please fill out the form ahead of time.

ROLL CALL
All entrants must show up 30 minutes prior to the competition for roll call in the Main Events room.

All entries will be contacted back via email with a contestant # and check-in info.

If you have any questions, please email us at cosplay@galaxycon.com

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE LATE NIGHT “HEROES & VILLAINS” COSTUME CONTEST

A special costume contest showcasing our favorite heroes and villains! This contest will be judged by a special panel consisting of professional comic book artists and professional costumers. This is a runway-style contest with no pre-judging. Costumes may be of any superhero or villain in comics, cartoons, movies, anime, video games, etc. Costumes may be handmade or store bought. Since this contest takes place late at night, no one under the age of 17 may enter this contest.

Click here to enter online. Scroll down for rules and regulations.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
(Additional awards may be created at the Judges’ discretion)
* Best Hero: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Villain: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Hero Group: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Villain Group: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best in Show: $250 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* 3 Judges’ Awards: Custom Medals

COMPETITION RULES

1. One entry per person. No separate entries from the same person.

2. There is a limit of 75 entries.

3. All costumes must come from an established cartoon, comic book, anime, video game, manga, novel, or movie.

4. All contestants must fill out the entry form.

5. No Nudity. While this is a 17+ event, we still can’t allow any nudity. Costumes may be little racy and suggestive, but may not cross the line into nudity.

6. No bad behavior. You know what that means. No trash talking, sabotage or poor sportsmanship. Improper behavior will get you removed from the competition and possibly the convention. Remember, we’re all here to have fun.

7. No harmful or potentially harmful materials will be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: water, cigarettes, flames, fireworks, silly string, and any other substance that can be fired, launched, or dripped.

What to expect at the contest:
When you first arrive at the show, there will be a COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE. This is where all questions regarding the competition can be answered, and where you will need to go to sign up and/or check in.

Who can enter?
All attendees who have an event badge or bracelet for GALAXYCON can enter this contest. Participants can enter as individuals or in groups (up to 10 per group).

How do I sign up for the contest?
There are two ways to register for the competition:

(1) Register Online HERE. This is the most preferred method. You will receive an email confirmation with your contestant #. When you get to the show, you will need to sign in at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH, where you will be given further instructions.

(2) Register at the convention. Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and further information. Everyone must be signed in and all forms must be handed in by 8:00pm on Friday.

Any costume contest that is a RUNWAY style contest, i.e. Kid’s Costume Contest, Runway Costume Contest, and Late Night Contest shall accept entries at the stage up until the start time of the contest. Acceptance of last minute entries is not guaranteed and is conditional on space left in the contest. To have a better chance at being in the competition, please fill out the form ahead of time.

ROLL CALL
All entrants must show up 30 minutes prior to the competition for roll call.

All entries will be contacted back via email with a contestant # and check-in info.

If you have any questions, please email us at cosplay@galaxycon.com

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SATURDAY GALAXYCON MAIN COSTUME COMPETITION

A competitive costuming event with over $2,500 in cash and prizes at stake with $1,000 cash for Best in Show! The contest is open to ALL skill levels to ensure both novice and experienced costumers have a chance at winning an award.

Sign up link below, please read before entering. Scroll down for rules and regulations.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
* BEST IN SHOW: $1,000 CASH PRIZE & AWARD TROPHY
* Con Chair Spotlight: $300 Cash Prize & Award Trophy
* Masters Award: $250 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Craftsmanship Award: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Individual, Journeyman: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Individual, Novice: $75 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Individual, Junior/Youth: $75 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Prop: $75 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Group, Journeyman / Masters: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Group, Novice: $75 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Individual, Uncertified: $75 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Group, Uncertified: $75 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Original Character: $75 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Judges’ Awards (3): Custom Medals

Enter the GALAXYCON Competition prior to the advance registration deadline. Any entries not sent in advance by the deadline must be entered at the convention at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE. All entries will be contacted back via email with a contestant # and pre-judging information.

COSTUME COMPETITION SKILL DIVISIONS
In the interest of fairness, and to allow for the best possible competition among peers, GALAXYCON has separate divisions for entrants based on skill and experience. This is to ensure that both novice and experienced costumers have a reasonably equal chance to win awards in the Costume Competition. The divisions include: Master, Journeyman, Novice, and Junior/Youth. A competitor may always choose to compete in a higher division than that in which the costume competition director has placed him or her in. He or she may not choose to compete in a lower division.

Commissioned costumes (paying a person to make your costume), or costumes which have been created by a person not at the event with the entrant, may be classified as Uncertified, as long as the creator of the costume is available to speak with judges and go over the costume creation via Google Hangouts during pre-judging. Costumes entered as Uncertified are eligible for consideration in the following award categories: Best in Show, Con Chair Spotlight, Best Individual: Uncertified, and Best Group: Uncertified. If the creator of the costume in unavailable to speak with judges, the entrant will only be able to enter as an Exhibition Costume and therefore only eligible for a Judges’ award.

Master:
(a) Any competitor may enter the Master division.

Journeyman:
(a) Professional (Master) costumers may not enter as a Journeyman.
(b) A contestant who has competed and won in the Master division at another major competition in the past may not enter in the Journeyman division.
(c) A contestant who has won Best Journeyman at another major competition may not enter the Journeyman division.
(d) A contestant who has won more than three major awards in the Journeyman division at other major competitions may not enter in the Journeyman division.
(e) Minor awards may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the costumer.

Novice:
(a) Professional (Journeyman or Master) costumers may not enter the Novice division.
(b) A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than novice at another major competition may not enter in the Novice division.
(c) A contestant who has won Best in Show or Best Novice at another major competition may not enter the Novice division.
(d) A contestant who has won more than three major awards at other major competitions (in either the novice division or a non division event) may not enter in the Novice division.
(e) Minor awards may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the costumer.

Junior/Youth:
(a) The Junior/Youth division is for any child under the age of 13.
(b) A child wearing a costume designed and built entirely by an adult should be entered either in the adult’s appropriate skill division or entered as an Exhibition costume. We wish to encourage creativity among the junior division in an effort to help them grow into accomplished costumers.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR GROUPS: Each member of the group must note which skill division they belong to on the costume competition entry form. Group members may belong to any skill division. The judges will use their discretion to determine which skill division to judge the group as a whole.

AWARDS: All awards, with the exception of the Con Chair Spotlight and Judges’ Awards, will be chosen by majority vote of the Judging Committee. The Con Chair Spotlight will be chosen by the Convention Chairman at his discretion. Judges’ Awards will be chosen by the individual judges.

COSTUME COMPETITION RULES

1. One costume per person. No separate entries from the same person.

2. All costumes must come from an established cartoon, comic book, anime, video game, manga, novel, movie or jrock/jpop artist. Please bring reference photos or drawings of the original character.

3. All costumes must be entered by their creator, with the exception of uncertified entries. Costumes may be worn by models, but prizes will be awarded to the person who created the costume, so both applicants must be present at the pre-judging and the contest. If you choose to use a model, be sure to include this information on your application. Uncertified entries (costumes created by a person or persons not in attendance) may be entered by the model, but are only eligible for consideration in the following award categories: Best in Show, Con Chair Spotlight, Best Individual: Uncertified, and Best Group: Uncertified. Creators of costumes entered in the uncertified category must be available during pre-judging to speak with judges via Google Hangouts. If the creator of the costume is unavailable to speak with judges, the entrant will only be able to enter as an Exhibition Costume and therefore will only be eligible for a Judges’ Award.

4. Store-bought costumes are not allowed. The following items are allowed to be store-bought: Wigs, Notions & Trims, Belts, Shoes, Jewelry, Most Accessories, and Props (which will make you ineligible for a prop award). Other items will be allowed at the discretion of the judges. Please email in advance if you have a question regarding a store-bought item. Remember: this is a competition that focuses on craftsmanship. The more you create, the more impressive the finished costume is. If you wish to wear a store-bought costume, you can enter as an Exhibition entry (non-judged).

5. Commissioned costumes may only be entered if the creator of the costume is in attendance. As well, commissioned costumes may be entered into the Uncertified category. See above rules for requirements for Uncertified entries.

6. The GalaxyCon Costume contest has a zero tolerance policy for bullying/cyberbullying of any kind, before, during or after the event. Violation of this rule will result in immediate disqualification from all future GalaxyCon events. No trash talking, sabotage, or poor sportsmanship. Remember, we’re all here to have fun.

7. NO PETS! Pets are not cosplay props. Anyone who enters the contest with a pet will be immediately disqualified.

8. Prejudging will take place on Saturday between 10am and 5pm. You will be given a predetermined time slot based on your check in number. You will be directed to come to prejudging during that time slot. If you are unable to make it during that time slot, your entry will be removed.

9. All contestants (with the exception of Juniors) must submit reference photos at pre-judging. We need accurate reference photos or drawings of your character/costume. Remember: it may be your favorite character from one episode of your favorite anime that only showed once in Japan, or a costume worn by a character in one comic book issue, but to the judges, it may be something entirely new. We also need in-progress photos of you making your costume (at least 3 or 4). The higher the division, the more reference we expect. We want to see your costume from conception to creation. Show us how good you are… impress us!

10. THE RERUN RULE: If you have won any award at any GalaxyCon contest, you may not enter it in another contest the same weekend. 1 contest, 1 costume. If you are presenting a costume that has won an award at another major competition, the following rules apply:
(A) Any costume that has won an award at another major competition in a prior year is not allowed. It’s a new year, time for a new winning costume. You may present the winning costume as an exhibition entry if you’d like, but it will not be eligible for judging.
(B) Any costume that has won an award at another major competition held in the same calendar year as Raleigh GalaxyCon is allowed.

11. No Nudity. This is a family show and will contain young contestants. All costumes must be PG-13, PG, or G.

12. No harmful or potentially harmful materials will be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: water, cigarettes, flames, fireworks, silly string, and any other substance that can be fired, launched, or dripped.

13. PROP POLICY: You may pose with your prop at the costume competition, however, there is to be no waving of props around which could cause an accident. It’s never planned for someone to get hurt… that’s why they call them accidents.

14. If participants are seen using a prop inappropriately (play fighting, waving it around, etc), they will be automatically disqualified and might potentially be removed from the con.

15. There will be a maximum of 75 online entrants accepted, 75 at show entrants, for a total of 150 entrants.

16. Please note that winners of cash prizes of $600 or over will be required to fill out a W9 on site. Anyone who cannot complete a W9 or have a parent complete a W9 on site may have to wait until one is able to be completed before receiving their prize.

What can I expect at the contest?
When you first arrive at the show, there will be a COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE ROOM 301AB. This is where all questions regarding the competition can be answered, and where you will need to go to sign up and/or check in.

Who can enter?
All attendees who have an event badge or bracelet for GALAXYCON can enter this contest. Participants can enter as individuals or in groups (up to 10 per group).

How do I sign up for the contest?
There are two ways to register for the competition:

(1) Register Online HERE. This is the most preferred method. When you register online, you will receive an email confirmation with your contestant # and a time to arrive for pre-judging. When you get to the show, you will need to sign in at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH, where you will be given further instructions.

(2) Register at the convention. Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH, located in the COSPLAY LOUNGE. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and a time to arrive for pre-judging. Everyone must be signed in and all forms must be handed in by 3:00pm on Saturday.

ROLL CALL

All contestants must show up 1 hour before time at the designated line up location.

All contestants must fill out the Costume Competition Entry Form prior to the Advance Registration Deadline. All entries sent by email will be contacted back via email with a contestant # and pre-judging information. Any entries not sent in advance by the deadline must be entered at the convention at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE.

If you have any questions, please email us at cosplay@galaxycon.com.

To enter the Kids Costume Contest, simply bring any 13 & under costumed kid to the designated stage to line them up! Questions? email cosplay@galaxycon.com

Check the schedule of events in your market one month before the event for specific room and time information.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SUNDAY GALAXYCON MASQUERADE COSTUME & PERFORMANCE COMPETITION

Signup at the bottom of the page, please read before entering. Scroll down to read information, rules, and regulations.

The GALAXYCON Masquerade Costume Competition is where costuming and cosplay go to the next level! This is a competition based on performance and presentation.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
* BEST IN SHOW: $500 CASH PRIZE & AWARD TROPHY
* Best Individual: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Group: $100 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Best Junior / Youth: $50 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* 2nd place – Individual: $50 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* 2nd place – Group: $50 Cash Prize & Custom Medal
* Judges’ Awards (3): Custom Medals

Contestants can enter as individuals or as a group and will be judged based on stage performance and costumes. Think of it as a costume talent show; more than just a cosplay contest, this is your chance to put on a performance as the character(s) you are portraying!

AWARDS: All awards, with the exception of the Judges’ Awards, will be chosen by majority vote of the Judging Committee. The Judges’ Awards will be chosen by the individual judges.

MASQUERADE COSTUME & PERFORMANCE COMPETITION RULES

1. One entry per person. No separate entries from the same person. If you enter as part of a group, you may not enter as an individual. If you enter as an individual, you may not enter as part of a group. Groups are limited to a maximum of 12 individuals on stage at the same time.

2. The competition is limited to 50 entries, with no exceptions. If you wish to compete, you may pre-register online via the Masquerade Competition Entry Form or register on site at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE ROOM. There is a limit of 30 entries that will be accepted in advance. We will close the form when that number has been reached. The additional 20 spots will be held for people to enter at the convention. Any of the 30 advance slots not already reserved will be open at the convention in addition to the 20 already available. Once the roster of 50 entries is filled, additional entrants will be offered will call slots in the event of a no show, on a first come, first serve basis. All pre-registered attendees MUST check in at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH by Sunday at 4:00pm or you will lose your spot, which will be given to one of the will call entries. There are NO exceptions to this rule.

3. There is a performance time limit of 90 seconds for individuals and 3 minutes for groups.

4. When you check in at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE, the staff will sign you up, verify your information and introduction, and take your USB Flash Drive with your audio file, or direct you on how to send your audio file to the tech booth. You will be directed on where to meet for roll call, which will be 30 minutes before the start of the contest.

5. NO MICROPHONES may be used by the contestants. All vocals and music must be pre-recorded. You must bring a flash drive with the audio file, or you will be instructed on where to send your music when you sign up at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE.

6. If you have won an award at another major convention prior to 2020 with the same performance / costume(s), you will be disqualified. It’s a new year, time for a new performance. You may enter if you have won an award at another major convention in 2018 with the same performance / costume(s).

7. No Nudity. This is a family show and will contain young contestants. All costumes/skits must be PG-13, PG, or G.

8. No bad behavior. You know what that means. No trash talking, sabotage, or poor sportsmanship. Improper behavior will get you removed from the competition and possibly the convention. Remember, we’re all here to have fun.

9. No harmful or potentially harmful materials will be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: water, cigarettes, flames, fireworks, silly string, and any other substance that can be fired, launched, or dripped.

10. PROP POLICY: You may pose with your prop at the costume competition, however, there is to be no waving of props around so that there can be an accident. It’s never planned for someone to get hurt… that’s why they call them accidents.

11. All performances are confined to stage area or area immediately surrounding stage including off stage left and off stage right and should be entirely self contained. Performances will not include any person not listed on your sign up sheet and may not utilize audience members, other contestants, stage crew, convention staff or convention volunteers.

12. IMPRESS US! This is a competition based on performance and costume. The more the judges and audience are entertained and impressed, the greater chance you have to WIN!

13. Please note that winners of cash prizes of $600 or over will be required to fill out a W9 on site. Anyone who cannot complete a W9 or have a parent complete a W9 on site may have to wait until one is able to be completed before receiving their prize.

How do I sign up for the contest?
There are two ways to register for the competition:

(1) Register Online HERE. You will receive an email confirmation with your contestant #. When you get to the show, you will need to sign in at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH, where you will be given further instructions. We will accept a maximum of 30 registrations via online entry.

(2) Register at the convention. Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the COSPLAY INFO BOOTH in the COSPLAY LOUNGE. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and further information. Everyone must be signed in and all forms must be handed in Sunday by 4pm.

ROLL CALL

All entrants must show up 30 minutes prior to the competition for roll call.

If you have any questions, please email us at cosplay@galaxycon.com

 

Due to the amount of music involved with the Masquerade Competition, our recorded video cannot be posted online after the show as it will be taken down for copyright reasons. If you would like a recording of your performance, you will need to have a friend film your performance for you.